Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Romi 2015 Mysterious Shawl

The Mystery Knit-a-long began April 4. 

I used Color Me Stats Ranch fingering yarn purchased at Kraemer's Yarn Shop:

Clue 1 was finished 4/4/15:

Clue 2 was completed 4/19/15:

Clue 3 was completed 4/25/15:

Clue 4 was completed 4/29/15:

Clue 5 and the Shawl was finished 5/8/15. Blocked 5/9/15. So happy!

Happy knitting!


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Boho Triangle Shawl

I loved crocheting this shawl! It is a free pattern from Expression Fiber Arts. Chandi has a number of free patterns on her site. I purchased the yarn from her as well, Resilient Superwash Merino Sock yarn in Pink Frost. I used three skeins. My shawl is 21 rows and for the fringe I cut 20" pieces. The yarn is so soft!


Friday, April 17, 2015

Kitty Blankets

This all strarted because I had to wash the Kitty blanket my cats use. The blanket belonged to a cat, Tiger, I had adopted from the SPCA. A woman crocheted blankets for the cats there and they gave her blanket to me when I adopted Tiger.  Tiger passed several years ago, but my current cats love the blanket. I keep it in there cat tree condo and the cuddle with it.  I thought if I had to wash it, I should make a new one to put in there. Then I can rotate them. I have a lot of left over yarn from blankets and a poncho I made, so I used it for my kitty blanket.

My neighbor and friend Denise saw it and loved it.  She and her husband Timmy take care of my cats when on vacation and have helped out with my parents. So I made her kitties a blanket.

My kitties love there blanket and I know hers will too!  Here are some pics of my lovely kitties!

 Z, aka Azure Ice, aka Zippy

 Myka, aka Myka Rae of Devine Sunshine



Chaos is the only cat that is not a Bengal.  Yes I am crazy enough to own three Bengals! 

Enjoy and spoil your fur babies!

Nancy D

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Fiber Groups are one of my favorite things!

Whether you are a knitter, spinner, fiber artist, weaver or needlework, crafting groups are worth finding and joining. It is a wonderful way to meet people who share your passions, to share ideas and knowledge. Most importantly it is an opportunity to share your life experiences, connect with many different people, and develop life long friends. You laugh and cry together. You share the joys and sorrows. You uplift and comfort each other. You find wonderful people who support and encourage you. I can't express how important they are to your mental, social, creative health. People are not ment to live in a vacuum. We thrive better in groups.

I have been fortunate to belong to the Heartfelt Knitters for several years now. I do not know how I would have gotten through several trying years without their support. I look forward to every get together. I love hearing about their families and adventures. We share out projects, exchange ideas, and help each other. I have grown as a person and have become a better knitter/crocheter because of them. Our get togethers are monthly and usually last about 2 hours with desert and coffee or tea. These ladies can bake! We have dinner together at Christmas time followed by wonderful treats. We exchange secret Santa gifts and enjoy the holidays. I can not imagine life without this group.

Tonight I was invited to join a fiber group that is beginning in our City. We had a potluck dinner, talked, spun, knitted and enjoyed a beautiful evening in a beautiful old building. The door to the roof top patio garden was open and it was a lovely sight. People came to Easton from Northern New Jersey, Central New Jersey, and of course, those of us from Easton to be a part of this group.  I enjoyed meeting all the wonderful people (including one man!), hearing about their background and lives. I was welcomed by all and immediately felt like I'd known them for a long time. The food was wonderful, diverse and plentiful. We will meet monthly and I can not wait for it. I had so much fun! 

I encourage any fiber artist - knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving, needlework - to find these groups and join them if possible. You will not regret it! 

Enjoy and have fun!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring has Sprung!!

I took advantage of the beautiful weather this past weekend and planted pansies in the planter box! I was so very happy to get my hands in the dirt and plant flowers! I love seeing the color. People walking by stop and look at the beautiful flowers. Every summer I get a lot of complements from passers by. I even have a letter from the Mayor telling me I should proud of the work I do and of my beautiful plants!

The crocus are coming up FINALLY! Better late than never! I have tulips and daffodils in the back garden as well. So happy to have Spring! 

I have been working on a crocheted shawl, Boho shawl. It is done except the fringe. I had to order more yarn. I ran out before the fringe was done. Pics soon! So pretty!  I am also working on Clue 2 of Romi Mystery Shawl. I had to rip out most of what I knitted of Clue 2. Going well now! Pics soon!

I took tonight off because my hands and right wrist were bothering me. I did play some guitar. I am working with my guitar teacher on the theory behind Celtic music. Fascinated by the sound!

Until we meet again!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Romi Mystery KAL 2015 - Clue 1

I have never knitted a shawl designed by Romi, but they are gorgeous. I decided to join this Mystery Kinit along (MKAL).  The original plan was to use yarn from my stash. Well as with all best laid plans it went by the wayside after a visit to Kraemer's Yarn Store! I found two beautiful hanks of Color Me Statts Ranch Fingering Yarn in two shades of green. The pattern called for two colors. I love green, but have no green shawls. Had to buy it for this MKAL. It is superfine merino and luxurious kid mohair, soft and wonderful to knit with. Clue 1 was release on Friday 4/3/15. I started and finished on Saturday.

I enjoyed working on Clue 1 and look forward to Clue 2! I had an issue with Chart B. After four tries I finally got it! I don't know why I had an issue, it wasn't difficult, but I couldn't get the "columns" that radiat out to line up. 


Dotted Rays Shawl

I started this shawl during the Stephen & Steven tour at The Knitter's Edge. I took the Shawl class. At the end of the class Stephen West helped us pick out yarn and get started on one of his shawls. I had a ton of yarn from my stash and he picked these colors for the striped version of Dotted Rays. I LOVE the end result!  This was an easy shawl to knit and went quickly. 

The beginnings of the shawl.

I was making the larger version, but I was still very surprised at just how large it is! 

I ran out of space and blocking squares! I had this positioned diagonally across my full sized bed and the end had to hang off the end of the bed! 

This was an enjoyable knit and will consider making another one in the future.

Happy knitting